One strategy that will help home inspectors reduce the time spent writing their inspection reports is to research online real estate listings for the property the night before the appointment and pre-document that information. Along with online assessor’s records describing the property, MLS listings – and even their photos – can provide key information that the inspector can then verify or disclaim, once at the job site. Read more in Using Online Listings to Prepare for Home Inspections.
Home inspectors are required by InterNACHI’s Home Inspection Standards of Practice to inspect sump pumps and pits. Their lids or covers have special requirements, too, in order to ensure the unit’s proper operation. Read more about them in Inspecting Sump Pump Covers.
While performing a sewer scope inspection falls outside InterNACHI’s Home Inspection Standards of Practice, many home inspectors offer it as an ancillary service because the information it yields can be very useful for homeowners, as well as prospective home buyers. Home inspectors can familiarize themselves with the equipment, protocols, and benefits of a sewer scope inspection when deciding whether to offer this service by reading Sewer Scope Inspections for Home Inspectors.
Inspectors need to carry all kinds of tools with them in order to perform accurate inspections. Shingle gauges are small tools that help home inspectors – as well as roofing contractors and insurance adjusters – determine the wear and tear of asphalt shingles, along with any possible manufacturer’s defects that may prematurely shorten their service life. Read more about these handy tools that home inspectors can use during the roof portion of their home inspections in Shingle Gauges for Property Inspectors.
Different climates and even different jurisdictions have their own rules when it comes to residential guttering systems. Home inspectors should be aware of the requirements for their particular service area, and be prepared to inform their clients of the potential problems that an inadequate, damaged or neglected system can cause by reading Inspecting Gutters and Downspouts.
What happens when some provision of a professional code of ethics collides with another provision of a different profession’s code of ethics? How about with the law itself? Find out about some of the far-reaching ramifications by reading Home Inspector Ethics: Why Not Pay to Be on Brokers’ Lists?
Inspecting pools and spas falls outside the scope of a general home inspection. But as more homeowners in warmer climates and in upscale neighborhoods install in-ground pools, home inspectors should consider learning about the electrical hazards that may be present by reading Inspecting Grounding and Bonding at Residential Swimming Pools.
Optimum energy efficiency is a major target for new housing, but existing homes can be retrofitted to experience the same lowered energy bills and a decreased carbon footprint. Although inspecting solar power systems is beyond the scope of a standard home inspection, it’s useful for inspectors to have a basic knowledge of them as they become more commonplace. Read our latest article by Roberta Farsetta, a 20-year veteran of the inspection industry, and spouse of Certified Master Inspector® and Chair of InterNACHI’s Ethics and Standards of Practice Committee: Inspecting Solar Roofing Shingles.
“Work smarter, not harder” is an axiom which recognizes that a small business owner’s most valuable resource is time. Don’t waste your time trying to reinvent the wheel when it comes to writing home inspection reports. Borrow from the best, courtesy of your fellow InterNACHI members: Home Inspection Sample Reports.
InterNACHI General Counsel Mark Cohen has some simple advice for home inspectors with websites who want to avoid legal hassles with unhappy former clients down the road — advice that he’s given to harried inspectors 95% of the time! Read Legal Tip for Home Inspectors: Prevent a Stink, Include a Link.